Cracking the AP Biology Exam, 2004-2005 Edition

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The Princeton Review realizes that acing the AP Biology Exam is very different from getting straight A's in school. We don't try to teach you everything there is to know about biology–only what you'll need to score higher on the exam. There's a big difference. In Cracking the AP Biology Exam, we'll teach you how to think like the test makers and
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Overview

The Princeton Review realizes that acing the AP Biology Exam is very different from getting straight A's in school. We don't try to teach you everything there is to know about biology–only what you'll need to score higher on the exam. There's a big difference. In Cracking the AP Biology Exam, we'll teach you how to think like the test makers and
-Eliminate answer choices that look right but are planted to fool you
-Improve your score by knowing in advance what biology topics are most
likely to be tested
-Memorize complicated biology concepts using simple techniques
-Use the Three-Pass System to get the most out of your time
-Ace the Essay section by practicing on our sample essay questions
This book includes 2 full-length practice AP Biology tests. All of our practice test questions are like the ones you'll see on the actual exam, and we fully explain every answer.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375763939
  • Publisher: Random House Information Group
  • Publication date: 1/13/2004
  • Series: College Test Prep Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.52 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

CONTENTS
1 INTRODUCTION 1
What is the AP Biology Exam? 1
The Princeton Review Approach 2
Using the Princeton Review Approach to Crack the System 8
2 THE CHEMISTRY OF LIFE 19
Elements 19
The Essential Elements of Life 19
Subatomic Particles 20
Compounds 20
Water: The Versatile Molecule 21
The Acid Test 23
Organic Molecules 24
• Carbohydrates
• Monosaccharides
• Disaccharides
• Polysaccharides
• Proteins
• Polypeptides
• Lipids
• Phospholipids
• Nucleic Acids
The Heterotroph Hypothesis 33
Chapter 2 Quiz 34
3 CELLS AND ORGANELLES 37
Living Things 37
What Are the Different Types of Cells? 37
• Organelles
Plasma Membrane
The Nucleus
Ribosomes
Endoplasmic Reticulum (ER)
Golgi Bodies
Mitochondria
Lysosomes
Centrioles
Vacuoles
Peroxisomes
Cytoskeleton
Plant Cells Versus Animal Cells 41
Transport: The Traffi c Across Membranes 42
• Diffusion
• Facilitated Transport
• Active Transport
• Endocytosis
• Bulk Flow
• Dialysis
• Exocytosis
Cell Junctions 45
Chapter 3 Quiz 46
4 CELLULAR METABOLISM 49
Bioenergetics 49
Enzymes 50
Exergonic Reactions 50
Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) 54
Aerobic Respiration 55
• Glycolysis
• Formation of Acetyl CoA
• The Krebs Cycle
• Oxidative Phosphorylation
Chemiosmosis 60
Anaerobic Respiration 61
Chapter 4 Quiz 62
5 PHOTOSYNTHESIS 65
The Anatomy of a Leaf 66
A Closer Look at Photosynthesis 67
• The LightReaction
• The Light Independent Reaction
Chapter 5 Quiz 73
6 MOLECULAR GENETICS 75
DNA: The Blueprint of Life 75
The Molecular Structure of DNA 76
DNA Replication 78
RNA 80
Protein Synthesis 80
• Transcription
• RNA Processing
• Translation
Mutations 84
Recombinant DNA 85
Chapter 6 Quiz 87
7 CELL REPRODUCTION 89
Cell Division 89
The Cell Cycle 89
• Interphase: The Growing Phase
Mitosis: The Dance of the Chromosomes 91
• Stage 1: Prophase
• Stage 2: Metaphase
• Stage 3: Anaphase
• Stage 4: Telophase
• Stage 5: Interphase
Haploids Versus Diploids 94
An Overview of Meiosis 95
• Meiosis I
• Meiosis II
• Gametogenesis
• Mutations
Chapter 7 Quiz 101
8 HEREDITY 103
Gregor Mendel: The Father of Genetics 103
Mendelian Genetics 104
• The Law of Dominance
• Monohybrid Cross
• The Law of Segregation
• The Law of Independent Assortment
Beyond Mendelian Genetics 109
Sex-Linked Traits 110
Chapter 8 Quiz 112
9 CLASSIFICATION 115
Taxonomy 115
How Classifi cation Works 116
I: Kingdom Monera 117
II: Kingdom Protista 120
III: Kingdom Fungi 121
IV: Kingdom Plantae 121
V: Kingdom Animalia 122
Viruses 124
Chapter 9 Quiz 125
10 PLANTS 129
Plant Classifi cation 130
• Bryophytes versus Tracheophytes
• Gymnosperms and Angiosperms
Life Cycle of Plants 133
Plant Growth 134
Special Structures in Plants 135
• Roots
• Leaves
• Flowering Plants
• Double Fertilization
• Vegetative Propagation
Tropical Tropisms 138
Chapter 10 Quiz 140
11 ANIMAL STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION 143
I: The Digestive System 144
• The Human Digestive System
The Mouth
The Stomach
The Small Intestine
The Pancreas
The Large Intestine
II: The Respiratory System 149
• The Human Respiratory System
Transport of Oxygen
Transport of Carbon Dioxide
The Mechanics of Breathing
III: The Circulatory System 151
• The Human Circulatory System
Systemic Circulation
The Pulmonary System
Heart Cycle
The Lymphatic System
IV: The Immune System 158
• Types of Immune Cells
• AIDS
V: The Excretory System 159
• The Human Excretory System
How Urine is Made
Hormones of the Kidney
Skin
VI: The Nervous System 163
• Neurons
• Parts of the Nervous System
• Parts of the Brain
VII: The Musculoskeletal System 170
• The Human Skeletal System
Bones
Muscles
Organization of Skeletal Muscles
Muscle Contraction
VIII: The Endocrine System 174
• The Pituitary Gland
• The Pancreas
• The Adrenal Glands
• The Thyroid
• The Parathyroids
• The Sex Hormones
• How Hormones Work
IX: The Reproductive System 179
• The Menstrual Cycle
• The Male Reproductive System
X: Embryonic Development 183
• Blastula
• Gastrula
• Neurula
• What About Chicken Embryos?
• Development of an Embryo
Chapter 11 Quiz 186
12 EVOLUTION 191
Natural Selection 191
• Lamarck and the Long Necks
Genetic Variability 193
Causes of Evolution 194
• Types of Selection
Species 195
Population Genetics 196
• Hardy-Weinberg Equations
• Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium
Chapter 12 Quiz 198
13 ANIMAL BEHAVIOR AND ECOLOGY 201
Behavior 201
Instincts 202
• Learning
• Internal Clocks
• How Animals Communicate
• Social Behavior
Ecology 205
• Biosphere
• Major Biomes
• Ecosystem
• Community
• Symbiotic Relationships
Population Ecology 210
• Ecological Succession
Human Impact on the Environment 213
Chapter 13 Quiz 214
14 THE FREE-RESPONSE QUESTIONS 217
The Essays 217
Grading Checklist 222
Sample Essays 223

How to Use Our Practice Essays 225
Sample Essay Questions 225
15 LABORATORY 227
Lab 1: Diffusion and Osmosis 228
Lab 2: Enzyme Catalysis 228
Lab 3: Mitosis and Meiosis 229
Lab 4: Plant Pigments and Photosynthesis 230
Lab 5: Cell Respiration 231
Lab 6: Molecular Biology 231
Lab 7: Genetics of
Drosophila 232
Lab 8: Population Genetics and Evolution 233
Lab 9: Transpiration 233
Lab 10: Physiology and the Circulatory System 233
Lab 11: Habitat Selection 234
Lab 12: Dissolved Oxygen and Aquatic Primary Productivity 234
16 ANSWERS AND EXPLANATIONS TO THE CHAPTER QUIZZES 235
17 THE PRINCETON REVIEW AP BIOLOGY PRACTICE TEST 1 249
18 ANSWERS AND EXPLANATIONS TO PRACTICE TEST 1 273
19 THE PRINCETON REVIEW AP BIOLOGY PRACTICE TEST 2 291
20 ANSWERS AND EXPLANATIONS TO PRACTICE TEST 2 313
Index 325
About the Author 333
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2005

    Good, but not Great

    This book was pretty good, actually. It had all kinds of diagrams, charts, and basic summaries. I liked how they had quizzes and explanations to the answer. However, this book did not really prepare me for the exam because it was really all basic things and not really the in-depth stuff you should know for the exam. It is a good review if you are taking the SAT Subject Test for Biology E/M though!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2004

    It's good

    Very good study guide. Although, I did catch a few typos and mistakes so it's definitely not a substitute for good class notes. I did get a 5 though.

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